The eternal struggle

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The Eternal Struggle Aggression. Bloodshed. Pain. Death. These are just some of the unfortunate side affects which accompany the phenomenon of life. These factors are also intertwined with the methodical process of evolution, which, although often cruel and merciless, is nonetheless beneficial to any species of animal, including, and perhaps especially, humans. Without violent conflict causing the death of the weak and survival of the strong, it is highly unlikely that we, Homo Sapiens Sapiens, would have diverged from our ape-like ancestry and created civilization. Through our technology we have nearly eradicated all threat to ourselves from the natural world, the exceptions being disease and the unstoppable aging process. The most prominent factor in causing premature death in humans is the actions of other humans. Greed, lust, envy, anger, and mindless hatred have all, at one time or another, contributed to the incitement of human conflicts which have more often than not been resolved by violent action.

Despite our overwhelming intellectual superiority over the other creatures of this earth, it seems that we must resort to the most primal method of physical dominance in order to overcome our enemies of the same species. Is this truly necessary? Do we really need to fight one another? I believe that the unfortunate answer to this question is yes; violent conflict is essential for humans as they are now. I base this conclusion on the instincts ingrained in every person's DNA, the integral role of violent struggle in the process of progress, and the inefficiency of other methods of resolution.

The most basic aspect of life, in any form, is the struggle to survive and pass on genes to the next generation. In a pride of lions, which is a small community of the same species, there is only so much food...